Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ron Paul Wins Iowa, Long After Mitt Romney and then Rick Santorum Supposedly Did

Ron Paul Wins Iowa, Long After Mitt Romney and then Rick Santorum Supposedly Did:
No matter how many times the Ron Paul campaign is declared over,
it is not over. Long after its meaningless straw poll caucus vote
in January, the long process of actually selecting delegates from
the state to the national convention in Tampa is over, and here's
the
Paul campaign press release
summing up the results:
Dr. Paul won 10 of 13 delegates elected at today’s state
convention in addition to having won 11 of 12 delegates elected at
last night’s district conventions, for a weekend total of 21 of 25
contestable delegates, all unbound.
Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired
Dr. Paul’s victory in the Hawkeye State affirms his
delegate-attainment strategy and it has the added benefit of having
occurred in the first-in-nation voting state, also a swing
state.
“We thank the many Iowa Republican activists for working
tirelessly toward this meaningful victory, in particular the work
they performed in the service of constitutional government and
personal liberty.  This win is a real validation for our
campaign and its many supporters in Iowa and across our great
nation,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse
Benton.
“We look forward to bringing the Ron Paul delegation to Tampa
and to making a significant, positive contribution to the 2012
Republican Party Platform,” added Mr. Benton.
The current chair of the Iowa state party is A.J. Spiker, a

longtime Paul supporter
.
The
Des Moines Register reports
:
Ron Paul loyalists were triumphant at the Iowa GOP convention
today, overcoming an attempt to knock very well-organized members
of the liberty movement off the national convention rolls.
“The movement has a huge responsibility when it goes to Tampa to
show Iowa we’re a real movement and we’re not there to be ramble
rousers,” said Dubuque Republican Dave Cushman, a liberty activist
and new GOP state central committee member.
After a two-day tug-of-war marked by bouts of angry shouting,
Iowa Republicans elected 25 delegates to send to the national
convention in Florida in late August.
By far, the majority will be Paul backers – much to the
disappointment of some Iowa Republicans who wanted to send a more
mixed “unity” delegation to vote for all-but-certain nominee Mitt
Romney.
However, in a sentiment that will drive many Paul supporters and
potential delegates up the wall:
Cushman said he doesn’t anticipate any attempt to nominate Paul
as president instead of Romney – members of the liberty movement
simply want to espouse the Paul message.
“The goal is not to embarrass the party,” he said. “The goal is
to make the party stronger and broaden the base, and walk the
Republican talk.”
This is just one, one of the calmer, signs of a reality the
Republican Party and the nation will have to deal with: the people
energized by Ron Paul are not going to stop influencing national
and local politics just because Ron Paul is gone from the scene.
And whether Paul's name is "officially" nominated from the floor
will matter less than the attempts to actual Paul's libertarian
values in politics (and culture) down the line.
For the story of how the movement got here, see my new book

Ron
Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He
Inspired
.